CIPAST Newsletter December 2006
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How to design and organize public deliberation?
2nd CIPAST training workshop including public events,
June, 17th - 21st, 2007, Naples, Italy
In recent years, quite a few experiences of public participation in science and technology have taken place in European countries. Also, within the European ‘Science and Society Action Plan’, more active public participation is identified as one of the key ways for improving the relationships between science and society. However, this did not lead to global learning process yet since such experiences were conducted using a variety of contexts, problems and participatory processes. It is now necessary to foster organisational learning, dissemination of good practices across institutions and countries, as well as critical self-reflection. The training workshops of the CIPAST consortium are instrumental tools to achieve this objective. They aim at gathering users and stakeholders, as well as researchers interested in participatory methods & procedures.
The CIPAST consortium will organise the second training workshop on ‘How to design and organise public deliberation’ in Naples, from June 17th to June 21st 2007.
Final conference in Brussels
On the 5th of February 2007 the final conference on the NanoDialogue project will take place at the European Parliament in Brussels. The project, promoted by the 6th Framework Program of the European Commission and organized by a consortium coordinated by Fondazione Idis – Città della Scienza of Naples, Italy, is one of the first projects, at European level, that focused on an intense dialogue activity with citizens and stakeholders on ethical, social and legal aspects of nanotechnologies.
NanoDialogue has involved ... >>more
Promoting participative environmental planning in Catalonia
The recognition of the existence of co-evolutionary dynamics between society and the environment determines the necessity of proposing new strategies for local policies, with a greater involving in the urban planning. So we must turn to new instruments of intervention, more considered and more complex, which includes the environmental dimension of territory and the expectations which have often been expressed by the population. Environmental planning, across the 21 Local Agendas and other tools of the new generation, offers a cross-section view ... >>more
Les Etats généraux de l’alcool - A citizens’ debate on alcohol issues in France
Alcohol has a notable place within French society: it is of great importance from economic and cultural standpoints. But it is also the second most common cause of avoidable death: it plays a direct or indirect role in the occurence of many diseases, and it is also involved in road accidents, violence and in some mental diseases. In the face of such stakes, ... >>more
The “Dialogue on Nanoscience and Nanotechnology” Project
In 2003 CREA, in collaboration with the Communication and Scientific Dissemination Department within the Barcelona Science Park, started a project to open the Science Park to the Neighbourhood. This project was a framework ... >>more
Publication: Interfaces between Science and Society
The aim of the project of science has been to provide answers to questions about the world and how it works. Often, this lofty role has been characterised by a narrow and dogmatic scientific training, an unwillingness to communicate to differing stakeholder needs, a refusal to accept and to manage uncertainty, complexity and value commitments, and the reduction of knowledge assessment to colleague peer review on narrowly technical issues. Times have changed. As the world faces increasingly disparate challenges, science is subjected to increasingly vehement demands from a society calling for transparency, openness and public participation in science policy. Science is going through an evolutionary process — perhaps the most painful process it has ever encountered.
Research on the interfaces between science and society is a burgeoning area. A new conception of knowledge now appears to be emerging, based on the awareness of complexity, uncertainty and a plurality of perspectives and interests.
Democracy is extending into the previously quite exclusive scientific realm, and science must now submit to public scrutiny and participation in the governance of knowledge. This book provides much-needed reflections on the methods and tools for knowledge quality assurance, particularly on its inputs to extended policy and decision-making processes.
The overall aim is to improve the relationship between science and society. The discussion involves six themes: communicating between plural perspectives; accepting and learning how to manage uncertainty, complexity and value commitments; acknowledging new conceptions of knowledge; implementing transparency, openness and participation in science policy; valuing communitybased research; and exploring how new ICT can support inclusive governance. Taken together, these themes provide both a framework and vision on how to conceive, discuss and evaluate the changes that are occurring. The chapters cover theory, practice, approaches, experiences, ideas and suggestions for a move beyond ‘talking the talk’ to ‘walking the walk’. Science and policy interfaces are dynamic processes needing to permanently redefine themselves and their roles. This book contributes to the enrichment and deepening of our understanding of these important new trends in the social relations of science, which are fundamental to our understanding of the prospects for further progress.
Science and Society Interfaces, edited by Ângela Guimarães Pereira, Sofia Guedes Vaz and Sylvia Tognetti, European Commission Joint Research Centre, Italy, November 2006, 366 pp, ISBN 1-874719-97-7,£35.00 www.greenleaf-publishing.com
Dates & Events
February 5, 2007, NanoDialogue, Final conference in Brussels
February 5-8, 2007, Citizen Participation and Democratic Governance, PRIA’s 25th anniversary Dialogues, Delhi, India
April 11-14, 2007, 10th Community-Campus Partnership for Health conference , Mobilizing Partnerships for Social Change, Toronto, Canada
June, 17-21 2007, How to design and organize public deliberation? 2nd CIPAST training workshop in Naples, Italy
For more dates and events related to citizen participation see ‘news’ and ‘dates and events’ at the CIPAST-website www.cipast.org.
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